This year, I completed reading the most books I have ever read in a single year. Not all books were completed, but I still have less than a week to finish reading the books that I can. Last year, I blogged on similar subjects and I love writing about a end-of-the-year reading reflection post. I post two blogs per week and for this week and next, I’ll be posting a bonus blog on Fridays.
If you are enjoying time with family this week, I hope it brings you joy, love, and holiday cheer! Two days ago, I posted a blog reviewing the books that I borrowed, bought, and was gifted. Feel free to check out that blog as well!
Books acquired in 2018
Let’s talk about the books I did not finish first since it is a small list. At the end of my blog, I give an accurate number of books I own!
Last year, I had at least four or five books hat I didn’t get to finish in 2017. This year, I was able to complete more books. Two of the books listed are writer handbooks and one I’m currently working on.
Utopia by Thomas Moore: read part of this for the fall semester for my world literature class. Only read at least 30 pages with the part one book. Might read it again later, but for now it can wait.
Pep Talks for Writers and The Writer’s Portable Mentor: Both of these writing resource books can be read at any pace. I acquired Grant Faulkner’s Pep Talks for Writers on a recent NaNoWriMo shopping shipment this fall. I’d like to pick up where I left off in 2019.
Learning How to Learn by Idries Shah: I’ve been working on this Sufism book for what feels like forever. I usually read a parable a month, if I remember to.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: I started this one in September and I’m a slow reader with this book. Since I finished a leadership book two days ago, I resumed this one to hopefully finish in a week.
25 Completed Books
My goal was to read 24 books. When I returned to school in August, I questioned if I was going to be able to make my goal. In the end, I was able to make my goal thanks to academic books I read from page one to the end. In 2019, I’ll probably not set an amount of books to read since I’ll still be in school. As long as I can read when I can, that’ll work as my new reading goal. Below are the lists of the books I completed, ads well as links to blog reviews I wrote for one’s I wrote.
1. A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux (BLOG REVIEW)
2. A Parenthesis in Eternity by J.S. Goldsmith
3. Daughters of the Eclipse (Volume 1) by Patience Godwin (BOOK REVIEW)
4. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee (BOOK REVIEW)
5. Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur (BOOK REVIEW)
6. Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook by Christina Henry (BOOK REVIEW)
7. Poetry for a Wandering Soul by Keith Williams (BOOK REVIEW)
8. The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer (BOOK REVIEW)
9. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (BOOK REVIEW)
10. Hungry by Sam Sullivan
11. Barracoon: The Story of the Last Slave by Nora Neale Hurston (BOOK REVIEW)
12. Jane Unlimited by Kristin Cashmore
13. The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James (BOOK REVIEW combined with number 12)
14. The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan (BOOK REVIEW)
15. Clock Dance by Anne Tyler (BOOK REVIEW)
16. The President is Missing by James Patterson & Bill Clinton(BOOK REVIEW)
17. The Buddha in Everyone’s Heart by Kosho Niwano
18. Basic Patterns of Plot by Foster-Harris
19. Aspects of the Novel by E.M. Forster
20. Crazy Love by Francis Chan
21. Pegasus by Rose State students
22. Religious Confusion by Lawrence Neisent
23. 36 Dramatic Situations by Mike Figgis (Blog Series)
24. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn (Review being posted this Friday)
25. Lead Small by Reggie by Joiner & Tom Shefchunas
I have two bookshelves and while I did not buy as many books this year, I’ve started to give books to friends or family to start making room on my shelves. They aren’t completely full, but I am trying to reduce my books to books I only want to own. I’ve started going to the library more, which is saving me space and money!
My goal is to reduce my books to a minimum of 150 and right not I am sitting at 167. I did not include a couple of music and writing books that are more resources than standard books.
What are some of your favorite books you were able to finish in 2018? Wishing you able to enjoy your holiday season and the New Year!
Danielle (link to Twitter)